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Dropping out of college to launch your own company? Yawn. The real startup action is in the halls of your local high school. Case in point: Daniel Brusilovsky, the 15-year-old founder and CEO (yes, the CEO) of TeensinTech.com. Brusilovsky was easy to spot at our recent […]

Dropping out of college to launch your own company? Yawn. The real startup action is in the halls of your local high school. Case in point: Daniel Brusilovsky, the 15-year-old founder and CEO (yes, the CEO) of TeensinTech.com.

Brusilovsky was easy to spot at our recent Structure 08 conference — he was the only one who needed his parents to pick him up from the event. But don’t let his age fool you; he’s got the executive lingo down pat. He’s raising his first round of funding, meeting with lawyers, and name-dropping the likes of Loic Le Meur and Robert Scoble (both of whom are on his board). Oh, and when he’s not CEO’ing, Brusilovsky is crashing industry events as an evangelist for mobile vidcasting service Qik.

So adept at startup-speak was Brusilovsky that my only surprise was that he didn’t mention who he’s in talks with to acquire his (not-quite existing) company or that he’s on the waiting list to buy a new Tesla (once he gets his driver’s license, that is).

Brusilovsky is similar to another teentrepreneur on the other side of the camera, 14-year-old Lucas Cruikshank, who’s high-pitched “Fred” videos not only dominate YouTube but have pulled in a five-figure sponsor.

Teens in Tech will be a community for kids who typically get kicked off other new media outlets for being too young to create and share their work. Brusilovsky was nice enough to chat for a few minutes at Structure about his company.

Get to know him now. After all, you could be working for him someday.

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  1. Daniel is one of the smartest, most connected people I know – of any age. He’s definitely one to watch.

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  2. I’m not sure if his idea is a good one – specialized websites for certain age groups don’t compete well against the big guys. Also, I think he underestimates how much work “running” a community can be. Then again, he has a few people working for him, so who knows!

    He’s an eloquent talker, and he obviously is smart, how else would he have made Loic Le Meur and Robert Scoble joining his board? (Having Loic joining gives the business model/idea a lot more credibility, too.)

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  3. Thank for writing this article on myself, and Teens in Tech. Sebastian — The reason I chose to go in the direction of teenagers, is because I know the struggles of finding the support and help of the teenage community. The main message of TeensinTech is for teens, by teens. Everyone who is currently helping out TeensinTech has gone through the struggles, and we want to help other teenagers.

    We may not reach out to the mass market like YouTube and other big brands, but in the end, what matters is that we are helping other teenagers succeed in their goals and dreams. It may sound cheesy, but its the truth.

    Thank you,

    Daniel Brusilovsky
    CEO and Founder, Teens in Tech
    http://www.teensintech.com

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  4. Go Daniel!

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  5. It was my pleasure to meet and be interviewed about GoGrid by Daniel at Structure08. Daniel is definitely a guy to watch in the coming years! He’s helping to trail blaze the way for a greater professional participation by teenagers in Social Media, Web 2.0 and what will follow. Giving teens a voice and a bit more power will help better prepare them for a even more media-rich society.

    Way to go Daniel!

    -Michael

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  6. Daniel and Michael — thank you for your comments. I really appreciate it.

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  7. In Houston, we have our own Teentrepreneur (love the term): Cory Levy. Cory is working on his own startup and recently did a guest blog post for my site, Startup Houston. In addition, Cory recently spoke at a local 3rd grade class about entrepreneurship and keeps correspondence with several of them (one of which is even launching his own startup). I think the trend is refreshing.

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  8. Hmmm interesting

    Daniel seems like a nice guy but it’s hard to not think that he’s being manipulated by others to gain a bit of fame. While he’s friendly and all, it’ll be interesting to see if he’s actually got the goods of if all that we heard on the video was a carefully prepared script given to him by others. @daniel – keen to touch base with you and talk about where you are at – flick me an e

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  9. [...] came across an interview over on GigaOm with teen entrepreneur Daniel Brusilovsky. Seems Daniel is the 15 year old founder [...]

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  10. I think that all of these big names like Loic, Scoble, and now GigaOM are focusing on one teen. What you have to realize is there are many teens who are much further than Daniel seems to be. I completely agree with Ben.

    Also, can’t anyone call themselves a CEO of a company that hasn’t started yet? I don’t really understand what Teens in Tech (shortform: TiT, nice thinking) actually does. IF youth were legally allowed to participate in these type of services, why don’t the top-notch services just update their Terms of Service?

    Getting back to TiT, Teens in Tech’s splash page looks awfully similar to something I’ve seen in the past. Same color scheme, same fonts, it seems like it is either a templated splash page that is publicly available or a stolen design. Who can’t make their own splash page?

    I don’t see Teens in Tech going anywhere, personally. I think more big names should focus on teens that aren’t necessarily based in San Francisco.

    Just my 2 cents.

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